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George Orwell Quote: “The book fascinated him, or more exactly it reassured him. In a sense, it told him nothing that was new, but that was part of the attraction. It said what he would have said, if it had been possible for him to set his scattered thoughts in order.”

The book fascinated him, or more exactly it reassured him. In a sense, it told him nothing that was new, but that was part of the attraction. It said what he would have said, if it had been possible for him to set his scattered thoughts in order.

— George Orwell



George Orwell Quote: “At any given moment, there is a sort of all pervading orthodoxy, a general tacit agreement not to discuss large and uncomfortable facts.”

At any given moment, there is a sort of all pervading orthodoxy, a general tacit agreement not to discuss large and uncomfortable facts.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “By preaching the doctrine that nothing is to be admired except steel and concrete, one merely makes it a little surer that human beings will have no outlet for their surplus energy except in hatred and leader worship.”

By preaching the doctrine that nothing is to be admired except steel and concrete, one merely makes it a little surer that human beings will have no outlet for their surplus energy except in hatred and leader worship.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Part of the reason for the ugliness of adults, in a child’s eyes, is that the child is usually looking upwards, and few faces are at their best when seen from below.”

Part of the reason for the ugliness of adults, in a child’s eyes, is that the child is usually looking upwards, and few faces are at their best when seen from below.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “It could not have been ten seconds, and yet it seemed a long time that their hands were clasped together. He had time to learn every detail of her hand.”

It could not have been ten seconds, and yet it seemed a long time that their hands were clasped together. He had time to learn every detail of her hand.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “If you turn the other cheek, you will get a harder blow on it than you got on the first one. This does not always happen, but it is to be expected, and you ought not to complain if it does happen.”

If you turn the other cheek, you will get a harder blow on it than you got on the first one. This does not always happen, but it is to be expected, and you ought not to complain if it does happen.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “One of the effects of a safe and civilized life is an immense over sensitiveness which makes all the primary emotions somewhat disgusting.”

One of the effects of a safe and civilized life is an immense over sensitiveness which makes all the primary emotions somewhat disgusting.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it.”

Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “So long as human beings stay human, death and life are the same thing.”

So long as human beings stay human, death and life are the same thing.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The consequences of every act are included in the act itself.”

The consequences of every act are included in the act itself.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Men are only as good as their technical development allows them to be.”

Men are only as good as their technical development allows them to be.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “I’m fat, but I’m thin inside. Has it ever struck you that there’s a thin man inside every fat man, just as they say there’s a statue inside every block of stone?”

I’m fat, but I’m thin inside. Has it ever struck you that there’s a thin man inside every fat man, just as they say there’s a statue inside every block of stone?

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Before the war, and especially before the Boer War, it was summer all the year round.”

Before the war, and especially before the Boer War, it was summer all the year round.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “He had moved from thought to words, and now from words to actions.”

He had moved from thought to words, and now from words to actions.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “I would sooner be a foreigner in Spain than in most countries. How easy it is to make friends in Spain!”

I would sooner be a foreigner in Spain than in most countries. How easy it is to make friends in Spain!

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Why should be fruit be held inferior to the flower?”

Why should be fruit be held inferior to the flower?

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “We are the dead. Our only true life is in the future. We shall take part in it as handfuls of dust and splinters of bone. But how far away that future may be, there is no knowing.”

We are the dead. Our only true life is in the future. We shall take part in it as handfuls of dust and splinters of bone. But how far away that future may be, there is no knowing.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “After 40, a man is responsible for his face.”

After 40, a man is responsible for his face.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “A sahib has got to act like a sahib; he has got to appear resolute, to know his own mind and do definite things.”

A sahib has got to act like a sahib; he has got to appear resolute, to know his own mind and do definite things.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “There, comrades, is the answer to all our problems. It is summed up in a single word – Man.”

There, comrades, is the answer to all our problems. It is summed up in a single word – Man.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The enemy of the moment always represented absolute evil, and it followed that any past or future agreement with him was impossible.”

The enemy of the moment always represented absolute evil, and it followed that any past or future agreement with him was impossible.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.”

On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The real power, the power we have to fight for night and day, is not power over things, but over men.”

The real power, the power we have to fight for night and day, is not power over things, but over men.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Can you not understand that liberty is worth more than just ribbons?”

Can you not understand that liberty is worth more than just ribbons?

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Truth becomes untruth if uttered by your enemy.”

Truth becomes untruth if uttered by your enemy.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Football, a game in which everyone gets hurt and every nation has its own style of play which seems unfair to foreigners.”

Football, a game in which everyone gets hurt and every nation has its own style of play which seems unfair to foreigners.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The party is not concerned with perpetuating itself. Who wields power is not important, providing that the hierarchical structure always remains the same.”

The party is not concerned with perpetuating itself. Who wields power is not important, providing that the hierarchical structure always remains the same.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “And the bigger the fall, the bigger the joke. It would be better fun to throw a custard pie at a bishop than at a curate.”

And the bigger the fall, the bigger the joke. It would be better fun to throw a custard pie at a bishop than at a curate.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Modern English, especially written English, is full of bad habits which spread by imitation and which can be avoided if one is willing to take the necessary trouble.”

Modern English, especially written English, is full of bad habits which spread by imitation and which can be avoided if one is willing to take the necessary trouble.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “When I see a policeman with a club beating a man on the ground, I don’t have to ask whose side I’m on.”

When I see a policeman with a club beating a man on the ground, I don’t have to ask whose side I’m on.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “What opinions the masses hold, or do not hold, is looked upon as a matter of indifference. They can be granted intellectual liberty becasue they have no intellect.”

What opinions the masses hold, or do not hold, is looked upon as a matter of indifference. They can be granted intellectual liberty becasue they have no intellect.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “It is not possible for any thinking person to live in such a society as our own without wanting to change it.”

It is not possible for any thinking person to live in such a society as our own without wanting to change it.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “It was almost normal for people over thirty to be frightened of their own children.”

It was almost normal for people over thirty to be frightened of their own children.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “I have no wish to take life, not even human life.”

I have no wish to take life, not even human life.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “A man receiving charity always hates his benefactor- it is a fixed characteristic of human nature.”

A man receiving charity always hates his benefactor- it is a fixed characteristic of human nature.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “England is the most class-ridden country under the sun. It is a land of snobbery and privilege, ruled largely by the old and silly.”

England is the most class-ridden country under the sun. It is a land of snobbery and privilege, ruled largely by the old and silly.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Clover was a stout motherly mare approaching middle life, who had never quite got her figure back after her fourth foal.”

Clover was a stout motherly mare approaching middle life, who had never quite got her figure back after her fourth foal.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Circus dogs jump when the trainer cracks the whip. But the really well-trained dog is the one that turns somersaults when there is no whip-.”

Circus dogs jump when the trainer cracks the whip. But the really well-trained dog is the one that turns somersaults when there is no whip-.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?”

The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Myths which are believed in tend to become true.”

Myths which are believed in tend to become true.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The words kept coming back to him, statement of a mystical truth and a palpable absurdity.”

The words kept coming back to him, statement of a mystical truth and a palpable absurdity.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The more intelligent, the less sane.”

The more intelligent, the less sane.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “You had to live – did live, from habit that became instinct – in the assumption that evey sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every moment scrutinized.”

You had to live – did live, from habit that became instinct – in the assumption that evey sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every moment scrutinized.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.”

All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “It was given out that the animals there practised cannibalism, tortured one another with red-hot horseshoes, and had their females in common. This was what came of rebelling against the laws of Nature, Frederick and Pilkington said.”

It was given out that the animals there practised cannibalism, tortured one another with red-hot horseshoes, and had their females in common. This was what came of rebelling against the laws of Nature, Frederick and Pilkington said.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “It is the same in all wars; the soldiers do the fighting, the journalists do the shouting, and no true patriot ever gets near a front-line trench, except on the briefest of propaganda tours.”

It is the same in all wars; the soldiers do the fighting, the journalists do the shouting, and no true patriot ever gets near a front-line trench, except on the briefest of propaganda tours.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Poverty frees them from ordinary standards of behaviour, just as money frees people from work.”

Poverty frees them from ordinary standards of behaviour, just as money frees people from work.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labor.”

The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labor.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “It is a mysterious thing, the loss of faith-as mysterious as faith itself. Like faith, it is ultimately not rooted in logic; it is a change in the climate of the mind.”

It is a mysterious thing, the loss of faith-as mysterious as faith itself. Like faith, it is ultimately not rooted in logic; it is a change in the climate of the mind.

— George Orwell


George Orwell Quote: “Looking at the world as a whole, the drift for many decades has been not towards anarchy but towards the reimposition of slavery. We may be heading not for general breakdown but for an epoch as horribly stable as the slave empires of antiquity.”

Looking at the world as a whole, the drift for many decades has been not towards anarchy but towards the reimposition of slavery. We may be heading not for general breakdown but for an epoch as horribly stable as the slave empires of antiquity.

— George Orwell

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